The Importance of Eating Alkaline Foods

What are Alkaline Foods?

An alkaline diet emphasizes alkaline foods such as whole fruits and vegetables and certain whole grains, which are low in caloric density. Healthy Alkaline Diet Foods involve the ideal balance between acidifying and alkalizing foods.

The body includes a number of organ systems that are adept at neutralizing and eliminating excess acid, but there is a limit to how much acid even a healthy body can cope with effectively. The body is capable of maintaining an acid-alkaline balance provided that the organs are functioning properly, that a well-balanced alkaline diet is being consumed, and that other acid-producing factors are avoided.

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Here is a list of high Alkaline Foods: Examples of Alkalining Vegetables: Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Spinach

Examples of Alkalizing Fruits: Apple, Banana, Berries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Melon, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Pear, Watermelon

Alkalizing Protein: Almonds, Chestnuts, Tofu

Alkalizing Spices: Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger, Mustard, Sea Salt

Here is a link with a list of Alkaline Foods and important information to go along with each one.

Danielle Walker from Against All Grain has three cookbooks, an app, and tons of recipes on her website that are a great balance of alkaline and acidic foods. Majority are alkaline which is why she is having such success with her recipes. The whole30 is another great source for a balance lifestyle. I eat the way these two women cook and eat.

Andrea

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Ama/Intermittent Fasting

Ama is unique to ayurveda; it builds up in your GI track when food is not digested properly. When our ability to digest food becomes impaired, the body can no longer absorb essential nutrients. Undigested and partially digested food lingers in the body, leading to the formation of ama. Ayurveda views ama as one of the most threatening opponents to good health, linking the majority of health disorders in some way to the presence of this substance. Simply stated, ama is undigested food that begins to eat you which causes inflammation and disease.

Causes of Ama:

Overeating
Eating before the previous meal is digested
Not making lunch the main meal; eating large meals at night
Ice drinks and cold-food meals
Food that isn’t fresh, pure and organic – old food, stale food, packaged foods
Eating without full attention on the meal; watching TV or reading
Eating too quickly
Eating while emotionally upset
Not taking the heaviest parts of the meal first when the agni (digestive fire) is strongest
Not engaging in light, enjoyable exercise daily whenever possible, or a few times a week
Intermittent fasting is an important part of your health as much as eating is. Allowing the body to fast is important to allow the GI track to eliminate and regenerate ready for the next meal. Common intermittent fasting methods involve daily 16 hour fasts, or fasting for 24 hours, twice per week. Humans have actually been fasting throughout evolution. Sometimes it was done because food was not available. There are a few different ways to fast but the one that is natural to me is the 16/8 method. But I don’t do this often it actually happens naturally. I don’t force myself to fast nor will I ever.

The 16/8 Method: Also called the Leangains protocol, it involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, for example from 1 pm to 9 pm. Then you “fast” for 16 hours in between.
Benefits of intermittent fasting:

reduces stress and inflammation
lose weight and belly fat
changes the function of cells, genes and hormones
beneficial for heart health
various cellular repair processes
what’s good for your gut is good for your brain
longevity
reduces insulin resistance, lowering your risk of Type 2 Diabetes
All about AMA

Shattering the myth of fasting for women

Mark’s Daily Apple

Ama: The Antithesis of Agni

I can’t stress how important is it to live a balanced life! A holistic lifestyle is a gentle way to treat your body which in my way of thinking is the natural and best way.

Peace ~Andrea

Night Shades & AIP

It was on Facebook the first time I read about night shades and it was a post by The Paleo Mom. Inflammation was a new word to me in that I have IBD and I had never learned that there was a category for certain foods that caused it.

This is an individual testing sort of speak in how these foods react in your body. What can you handle and what you can’t. Doing the elimination process and then reintroducing nightshades is what I am still working on. I feel that there will not be too many on this list that I can tolerate by the way it’s going.

List of nightshades:

Ashwagandha
Bush Tomatoes (native to Australia)
Cape Gooseberries (or ground cherries, different from regular cherries)
Capsicums
Cayenne pepper
Chili Pepper Flakes
Chili powder
Chinese Five-Spice Powder
Cocona
Curry Powder
Curry spice powder
Eggplants/aubergines
Garam Masala spice
Garden Huckleberries (different from regular huckleberries)
Goji berries
Hot Sauce
Ketchup (and BBQ Sauce)
Kutjera
Most spice blends
Naranjillas
Paprika spice
Pepinos
Peppers (including bell peppers, sweet peppers, chili peppers, jalapenos)
Pimentos
Potatoes (different to sweet potatoes)
Red Pepper
Red Pepper Flakes
Steak Seasoning
Tamarillos, Tomatillos and Tomatoes

If you eliminate nightshades from your diet then reintroduce with negative affects then you may want to consider trying the AIP diet. (Autoimmune Protocol Diet)  There are many websites that will offer you support, recipes and explain to you how the AIP diet works.

AIP Lifestyle 

Autoimmune Wellness with Angie & Mickie

Good Luck!

~Andrea

SCD ~ Specific Carbohydrate Diet

Specific Carbohydrate Diet

I have already posted about AIP – autoimmune protocol diet and it’s benefits but I also tried the Specific Carbohydrate Diet which has helped me considerably in that it explains what and why you should eat or avoid certain foods.  A great resource for anyone who suffers from any gut issues. I use the legal and illegal lists often, you can find them here. This is the most common resource given to patients newly diagnosed with IBD.

Before I purchase a book I borrow it from the library to see if it will be worth the money and help me now and in the future. I bought these two cookbooks because they are helpful in the kitchen when working through SCD.

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I found that this diet didn’t get rid of my symptoms but was a definite asset in my healing process. Some foods on this list still bother me and other items I can tolerate,  I believe that everyone is different and each person should find what foods they can and can’t tolerate and go from there to develop their own personal way of eating well for ultimate health. So many of these recipes that I have tried so far are delicious and I learned a great deal from the Breaking the Vicious Cycle that I can honestly say it was a great stepping stone. Please visit the authors page here it’s absolutely amazing what one women accomplished in a life time, how many people she has helped even after her death in 2005 and how incredible her findings were after realizing what she had stumbled upon. Here’s to healing one step at a time!  Cheers!

New report from Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada on Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Canada